Hi there. Today I’m talking about myself a bit so please indulge me as there is a point to it, and I promise you I will get to it.
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So back to the point of how managing my business has helped me manage the menopause.
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Well to be honest there are a few ways in which my business has helped me during this difficult time, and I wanted to share them with you so that it might help you too.
Having something other than getting old to focus on is helping me stay young (at least in my head anyway). I suppose the added fact that I’m a blogger (which is usually associated with young whippersnappers) also makes me feel as though I’m still a valid member of society and not someone who is getting “past it”.
Blogging, as I’m sure you know, takes up a lot of time. You need to create the content, add the necessary links to any promotions or offers you are running, make sure you include the calls to action, publish it, promote it across the internet and then start all over again.
I have loved every minute of this blogging journey that I have been on. It has taken me to places in my life that I never thought I would be in.
I have learned new skills that I now teach others in my coaching business, I have new hobbies based on and around those skills and I have met lots of lovely like minded people who I would never have otherwise met.
I now have a whole new career and business because I decided a few years ago that I wanted to be a blogger, and the fact that I now I teach other people to be bloggers too is brilliant!
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So having this to focus on gives me pretty much no time to dwell too much on my hot flushes, aching joints, itchy skin, sore feet etc. etc. I know you feel me right? lol, I love putting a few trendy sayings in my blog, it makes me feel as though I’m still part of the in crowd 🙂
“By the way, if you are suffering with hot flushes or night sweats this book might be just what you need. It’s a 4 week programme to help you to manage your flushes and sweats by cognitive behavioural therapy. It’s amazing, I’m all for something that doesn’t come in tablet or medicine form. I’ve popped the link to the book on Amazon if you want to give it a go yourself.”
Each morning I wake up ready to tackle what needs to be done in my business. I reach for my phone as soon as I wake up and check the emails that I received during the night from my foreign clients and friends.
I then get on to Pinterest and look through the pins that I want to attach to my boards. I spend about half an hour or so doing this before I get up. This helps me to wake up and start the day in a positive frame of mind.
Before I developed this new habit I was just waking up and feeling sorry for myself because I had had a bad night, or my fingers were hurting because of the arthritis that I have in my hands. I was pretty miserable.
My new morning regime has totally changed that and perhaps a new regime might be able to change your mental attitude too. It needs only to be something simple that you do each day as you wake up that makes you feel positive and good about things.
2. I can work when I feel like it
Have you ever had one of those nights when your night sweats are sooooo bad that you have had to get up and change out of your wet clothes and by the time you have done that you are wide awake and can’t get back to sleep no matter how hard you try?
mmmm. Well I’ve had a few of those too. Except because I run my own business, and the fact that a big part of my business is blogging from home, I can pretty much work when I feel like it.
This means that I don’t have to worry about those nights that I can’t sleep because I don’t have to get up and drive anywhere and then stay awake all day to make money for someone else.
Just having this safety blanket is really helping me. I used to get so stressed about not being alert at work and not being able to do a good job or making silly mistakes that I would make myself ill – and that was before the menopause.
Now I can just take it easy on the days I don’t feel too well and make up for it on the days I feel better.
Maybe you could be a little easier on yourself too and just acknowledge that there will be some days that you are not at your best. You can always compensate for these by perhaps working a little harder or doing a little more on the days you fell better. I’m sure this way your boss (and you) will be more understanding about things.
3. Talking to other people
By spending my life online I get to talk to all sorts of people, or read their blogs, or see their posts or pins or tweets. I have found out so much about myself and the menopause that I would never have otherwise known. This helps.
By knowing that what I’m experiencing isn’t particularly life threatening, or even that unusual has helped me to calm down and relax about what’s happening to me. I used to be frightened to wake up each day because I would have developed another symptom – or had I.
You know when you’re going through puberty and your parents keep telling you “it’s your age” no matter what the problem is? Well I feel a bit like that about the menopause. I had started to attribute every little thing to it. But it turns out most of it wasn’t, it was just the normal run of the mill things that happen to anyone at any time of life.
So having these people to talk to, read about and listen to has made all the difference to how I am managing the menopause. I can even laugh about it sometimes now.
If you work with people who are the same age then you will be able to swap stories and advice, but if you don’t then it can seem like a lonely place and that you are going through something on your own.
I would urge you to get on to some Facebook groups there are plenty out there for people over 50 who are all going through similar things and are helping and supporting each other and answering the questions that you might want to ask. For a quick link to a great group that I’m a member of just click here.
4. Keeping active
I have also learnt that keeping active can alleviate some of the symptoms of the menopause. It also obviously helps with the other symptoms of getting older as well such as joint pains, general loss of fitness and muscle loss.
Because I run my own business I am able to work when I choose (I know I mentioned that earlier, I was just checking you were still awake). Being able to work when I choose means that I can fit in other stuff like swimming. I do love swimming although I came to it later in life, and it is very good for all over fitness and helps to keep me supple.
When I was working for an employer I had to be at work for 8 which meant I had to leave the house by 7 and by the time I got back at 6.30 or 7 in the evening I was too shattered to do anything.
Now I can swim every day. I get up and go to the pool and swim for half an hour. Not only is it good for my body but it’s good for my mind too. why?
While I am swimming I am breathing regularly. This rhythm helps me to think. I can practice my meditation (which I am hopeless at) and I can organize and plan my day – all while swimming up and down the pool, cool right?
I have been doing this for about a year now and I can’t tell you the difference it has made to my joints and general aches and pains. My aerobic fitness has improve immeasurably too as a result of this regular exercise. I notice the difference when I go for long walks in the summer. Whereas I used to huff and puff I can now walk for 10 miles or more and really enjoy it.
If you don’t like getting your face wet or ruining your hair do, then there are other things you could do such as yoga, zumba, walking or cycling. I would really encourage you to do some sort of exercise because it also helps release endorphins which are the feel good hormones.
Having lots of feel good hormones rampaging around the body lifts the spirits and makes every day seem that little bit better. Go for it. Find something you enjoy and try and do it every day.
5. Taking regular breaks
Because I run my own business I can take breaks whenever I feel like it. I don’t have to put in an annual leave request and wait for 4 weeks for someone to decide whether or not it fits in with their business needs. I hated that when I was at work.
The funny thing is that I tend to need less annual leave now that I run my own business than I did when I was at work. I put this down to being able to work when it suits me and not when it doesn’t.
I can also take the odd few hours here and there and do things I enjoy like meeting my best friend for coffee on a Friday afternoon (she also owns her own business) or going shopping for new housey stuff because I’ve just had a new sun-room built and so obviously I need all new stuff to go into it.
Sometimes, just being able to take those few hours here and there makes all the difference. I am able to control my stress levels, I am more able to control my mood swings and I am far happier than the friends I have that are having to go to a normal job while going through the menopause.
I would recommend that you find some time for you. I know you are probably busy working, looking after the house, looking after the grand kids, shopping, washing, ironing, cooking and cleaning but really, slow down. Take time out of each day to do something you really enjoy and that makes you smile. It is amazing what a difference this will make to the rest of your day, and, more importantly, your general outlook towards life.
Those then are some of the ways that managing my own business is helping me to manage the menopause.
If you would be interested in finding out more about running your own online business then I can thoroughly recommend blogging.
A blog can be about literally anything. If you have a passion for something or feel that you have experience or knowledge in a particular area, then you can blog about it.
You can start a blog for just a few dollars but can build it, over time, to a 5, 6 or 7 figure business – depending on what you want from it and how much time you want to devote to it.
The easiest and quickest way to start making money from your blog is by affiliate marketing (which is selling other people’s products and services online for a commission). You can easily earn money from your blog by adapting this simple strategy.
You just need to find products and services that you use, enjoy or have benefited from and recommend them to other people in your blog posts.
You can find out more about this in this post that I wrote “is it really possible to earn money blogging even while you sleep?”
Or, if I have really whetted your appetite for an online business then you can’t do better than learn from this guy. He is a little more advanced, and teaches you a shed-load of things to do with online marketing and internet businesses, it’s who I started out with and he taught me everything I know today. If you’re up for it then check out what he has to say in his video here.
I really hope you have found this little post to be interesting and helpful in some way and I would love to hear from anyone who is managing their menopause by unusual methods. Just pop your story in the comments below and who knows, perhaps you can help someone else overcome a problem they are experiencing.
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So have a great day and I really look forward to chatting with you again soon. 🙂